Harold Holzer, ed., Abraham Lincoln Portrayed in the Collections of the Indiana Historical Society
Harold Holzer edits Abraham Lincoln Portrayed in the Collections of the Indiana Historical Society.
A few years ago, the Indiana Historical Society held a relatively small number of Lincoln manuscripts and images. The Society’s simultaneous acquisition of the Jack L. Smith Lincoln Graphics Collection and the Daniel R. Weinberg Lincoln Conspirators Collection in 2003 dramatically expanded its Lincoln materials. This volume offers brief descriptions of each item in these two collections as well as the Society’s other Lincoln manuscript and visual holdings.
Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art draws on his own extensive research on Lincoln images to provide an excellent introduction to the significance of popular prints in nineteenth-century politics.
Holzer makes a convincing case for the importance of mass-produced prints to the 1860 campaign. These prints introduced the nation to the relatively unknown lawyer from Illinois who became the sixteenth president. He also explains the chaos that ensued for printmakers when President-elect Lincoln decided to grow a beard and provides humorous examples of beards imposed on earlier campaign images. Finally, Holzer asserts that, “in the end, nothing Lincoln did in life ever inspired–or financially benefited–American printmakers more than his death”. Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 created an unprecedented opportunity for printmakers to create images that commemorated the martyred president.
Holzer provides a fine introduction to this beautiful catalog of the IHS’s unparalleled collection of Lincoln imagery.
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